PMB-born Wandile Mkhize’s dream of marrying a prince comes true

2015-01-13 00:00

WEDDING bells are again ringing for the Zulu monarchy, this time for King Goodwill Zwelithini’s son Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu.

The prince (41), who is the eldest son of Queen Buthle MaMathe of the Dlamahlahla palace, is set to marry Pietermaritzburg-born Wandile Mkhize (28).

A traditional prenuptial ceremony of Umembeso was held at Mkhize’s Bisley home at the weekend. Mkhize, a communications officer at the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Department, has been in a romantic relationship with the prince since 2012.

A large white marquee was erected last week and by Saturday vehicles had parked behind each other for a stretch of about three kilometres on Alexandra Road.

Black SUVs with tinted windows and blue lights were parked outside the house and there was a jovial mood in the area.

The groom said he was very excited.

“It’s about time I got married. It’s my first marriage and I am ready for commitment,” said Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu.

Royal household spokesperson Prince Mbonisi Zulu said: “It’s true, we invaded Pietermaritzburg this weekend.”

He said the couple conducted an engagement ceremony in front of about 500 guests in the absence of the groom’s father, the king, who had other commitments.

“The couple promised to wed each other. They are so in love and can’t wait to get married,” said Zulu.

He said members of the royal family showed the Mkhize family a few dance moves.

“We danced and sang and showed them how it is done. It was really beautiful,” he said.

Zulu said a date for the wedding had not been set.

“Remember that he is the king’s son and we need to follow protocol.

“We also need to make sure that the king is available for the ceremony,” explained Zulu, who added that the royal family was excited and ready to accept another bride.

The bride’s younger brother, Chief Sibonelo Mkhize, said the Mkhize royal family was also excited for Wandile.

“They met randomly but their love blossomed into something much more serious and we realised that our father and the king were very good friends when they were in high school,” said Mkhize.

He said any family would be excited for their child but “more importantly we are happy that she will be marrying someone she loves”, said Mkhiza.

When asked how many cows the royal family paid for his sister he laughed and said: “Hawu, all I can say is that they paid ilobola in full. We are very happy.”



Cultural expert Valaphi Mkhize said Umembeso is a traditional prenuptial ceremony where the groom’s family presents the bride’s family with gifts.

He said these gifts are usually requested by the bride’s family. “They are to thank the bride’s family for raising her. Her mother usually gets a three legged pot, a sheep covered with a blanket and a head scarf. The rest of the family members, like the aunts and the grandmothers, get grass mats and pillows,” said Mkhize.

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